Fela Kuti

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Fela Kuti
Birth name Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti
Born 15 October 1938(1938-10-15)
Origin Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died 2 August 1997(1997-08-02) (aged 58)
Genres Afrobeat
Occupations musician, activist
Instruments Saxophone
Vocals
Keyboards
Trumpet
Guitar
Drums
Years active 1958–1997
Labels Barclay/PolyGram Records
Barclay/Universal Records
Barclay/MCA/Universal Records
Shanachie Records (US)
Celluloid Records
EMI Records Nigeria (Nigeria)
JVC Records (Japan)
Wrasse Records (UK, US)
Knitting Factory Records (US)
Associated acts Africa '70
Egypt '80
Koola Lobitos
Nigeria ’70
Ginger Baker
Tony Allen
Femi Kuti
Seun Kuti
Roy Ayers

Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), or just Fela, was a Nigerian musician and composer who was very important in a genre called afrobeat. He played the saxophone, guitar, drums, keyboards and trumpet, and he sang. He was also a human rights activist.[1] The American singer James Brown said that Kuti was one of the originators (starters) of the funk genre.

Kuti died in 1997 of Kaposi's sarcoma, an illness caused by AIDS.[2] In 2008 a musical production called Fela! was created, about Kuti's life and career.

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